Peppermint Stick Cocoa

  • aj2005 Posted: 12/08/08
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    This year, I'm gifting this fun drink recipe to my friends and family. Picked up a few cute containers and the ingredients for next to nothing. It'll cost more to ship! Love finding good food gifts that warm the heart and keep the wallet full.

  • jknell2 Posted: 11/26/08
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    Why would you rate a recipe if you haven't tried it? Anywho, makes great cocoa. It's pretty much the same thing as in those ice cream shaped bags of cocoa you get as a stocking stuffer for christmas.

  • pinkfood Posted: 12/26/08
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    I did this as last-minute gifts for Christmas this year and made some for myself so that I knew what I was handing out. It's fantastic with hot milk (or soy milk). The key to making any good hot cocoa is to warm your milk on the stove. If you do that, the chocolate and peppermint pieces melt easily. It also looks great in the jar when you put it together in the jar and makes great gifts. It's very rich and perfect for a winter's night!

  • jennynavickas Posted: 11/29/09
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    This was great, and the kids loved it. Why do fools rate a recipe they haven't tried, yet?!?

  • ChelleyBones Posted: 12/12/10
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    I am looking forward to making this every Christmas from here on out and even putting it into jars for Christmas gifts. I think this would be even better with warm milk rather than the water but it was incredible just the way it was. I served this with maple glazed sour cream doughnut holes. You can read my full review at: http://imapretendchef.blogspot.com/2010/12/peppermint-stick-cocoa.html

  • grad2010 Posted: 08/18/09
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    I LOVE this cocoa! It is perfect on a cold winter day next to the fire. I bought glass jars from Walmart and filled them and gave them out to friends during the holidays. It is fast and easy, and all of my friends enjoyed the present greatly!!

  • matlida Posted: 12/15/09
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    Am I crazy? I made this hot chocolate for several friends for Christmas gifts and mistakenly did not taste it until after I had completed all the jars. I read the reviews here and figured it must be good. But no! I made myself a cup afterward and thought there was way too much cocoa powder. The ratios seem off and I did not enjoy it. I checked my measurements over and over.... the jars were pretty but did not make a tasty cup of cocoa. But maybe it's just me?

  • Regis98 Posted: 12/23/09
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    This is definitely a keeper. If you dont want any mint chunks in the cocoa put the peppermint in a blender/food processor and chop it finely or to a powder. I added mini marshmallows to top off the jar. It is richer if you use milk instead of water or half milk half water. I would also recommend using mini chocolate chips so they melt better, but you can add bigger ones and just stir it well when you add the hot milk to your cup. Why do people put negative comments/ratings on a recipe they haven't tried? Try it first before you judge it!

  • Bibliofile Posted: 10/07/10
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    I make these for our school's bake sale. It's pretty easy and inexpensive and it was apparently a best seller last year. I make it in quart jars, pint jars and in the little single serving ziploc bowls (which hold the 1/3 cup to make one cup). Chocolate gives me migraines so I haven't drunk any myself, but my coworkers who bought some raved about the taste.

  • sun4164 Posted: 12/14/10
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    I am planning on making this for gifts for work. But I have one question: whats the recipe for the small jars (pints I think) or can I use the same recipe for the small jars.. Cant wait to make this.It sounds really good.

  • AliciaPS74 Posted: 12/08/11
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    Great recipe! All ingredients are easily adjustable if need be! I unfortunately didn't buy jars that were big enough and realized that as I started layering... I should have just adjusted my amounts to suit my jar but instead I started layering 1cup milk powder, 1cup cocoa powder etc..and it realized it wasn't going to work by the time I got to the 3rd ingredient!! However, I have no problem with keeping the first batch for myself because it is YUMMY! Just need a little practice on the measurement side! Happy Holidays! : )

  • mum2twinsplus2 Posted: 12/15/11
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    Wow! This is gorgeous! I made these with my older kids today to give to their teachers. I made one for home first to test out measurements, as I was using a 550ml jar. I ended up using 3/4 cup of each, and just under 1/2 of the chips and topped with peppermint. It is so lovely, having a cup now! :)

  • barbarafeltch08 Posted: 02/28/12
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    This is a yummy variation on the usual hot cocoa packet. It's the first time I've made it from scratch and it'll now be my standard. I made some revisions and it turn out to be the same taste. I was making it for 6 so I just evened everything out to make it easier. I used 6 cups milk, 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can never have too much chocolate!) and crushed 6 candy canes. It took a bit of time to melt together, but it was definitely worth. I baked some fresh cookies from butter that I'd made earlier while I simmer some of the stuff. I put regular sized candy canes because that's all I had. All that was in the cocoa melted. I didn't have whipped cream so I used marshmallows. I'll try the whipped cream next time. It's especially great during the holiday season. My kids really enjoyed it! I learned those tips at www.gourmandia.com and www.gourmetrecipe.com. Try to visit those sites for more exciting recipes for you to choose from.

  • wendychic Posted: 12/14/12
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    I started making these last night as coworkers gifts and had bought a brand new Hersheys cocoa for it. It made only 2 jars before I'd used all the cocoa. The 1c cocoa seems to be a very high amount to me as when I make myself a single cup, I use only 1 TBSP cocoa to 3 TBSP sugar. I'm concerned about the cost for continuing to make these if one container of cocoa only makes 2 jars but I'm more concerned with the taste. I saw only one other person comment on this - does anyone else have thoughts or better ratios?

  • Pinittowinit Posted: 12/11/12
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    This is absolutely delicious and makes adorable gifts! I followed the recipe to a tee, and I used a previous poster's suggestion to crush the candy canes finely in a mini chopper. Great recipe!!

  • elizabethkim09 Posted: 12/13/13
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    Beautiful and unique gift idea! I purchased mason jars on sale and each gift cost about $2.50 each. I would recommend using dark chocolate powder as it makes it taste richer and less like Swiss Miss. I also added mini marshmallows at the top. I used quart sized jars and found myself using only half the ingredients (1/2c cocoa, 1/2c sugar, 1/2c powdered milk). I cut out cardstock circles and decorated them as the peppermint candies as the gift tags. As I was bringing them to work for my coworkers, tons of people stopped me in the halls and elevators telling me how cute they were. Sure win!

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